Report Card Grades for Every Team USA Player Heading into Medal Round

Adam FromalNational NBA Featured ColumnistAugust 7, 2012

Report Card Grades for Every Team USA Player Heading into Medal Round

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    Team USA has officially swept the group stage at the London Olympics with a perfect 5-0 record. 

    Now, it's time for the medal round. LeBron James, Kevin Durant and the rest of the United States will hope to continue its dominance. 

    So, how have the 12 members of the American squad performed during the first portion of the Olympic competition? 

Carmelo Anthony

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    The highlight of Carmelo Anthony's Olympic career occurred against Nigeria when the leading scorer off the bench managed to drop an American record 37 points in just 15 minutes of action. 

    Melo has averaged 17.4 points, 4.6 rebounds and 0.8 assists per game during the group stage in London, but his offense has generally come within the flow of the offense. 

    He's occasionally struggled with his shot, but Anthony has kept the United States' margin of victory quite high with his ability to light up the scoreboard in just a few minutes. 

     

    Grade: A

Kobe Bryant

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    Kobe Bryant has taken on more of a leadership role with this team rather than one that actually involves him contributing on the court. 

    When he has played, he's disrupted the offense and taken too many contested isolation shots instead of using the skill and athleticism of Team USA to earn an open shot. 

    Kobe has averaged 9.4 points, 1.4 rebounds and 0.8 assists per game, but he's also averaged about ten laughs per contest on the bench alongside LeBron James. 

    The shooting guard simply hasn't looked very impressive, especially when you see that he's shot just 38.9 percent from the field. 

     

    Grade: C

Tyson Chandler

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    The lone true center on the American roster, Tyson Chandler hasn't made a big enough impact to justify earning more than 12 minutes per game, even though he's technically a starter. 

    Chandler hasn't played with the same defensive vigor that he normally does—although he's still been fairly effective—and his offensive game is leaving him more as a liability on the court than anything else. 

    Mike Krzyzewski has recognized this, and adjusted his lineup to a smaller one accordingly. 

    Through the first five contests of the Olympics, the big man averaged 4.0 points, 5.2 rebounds 0.6 assists and 0.8 blocks per game. 

     

    Grade: C+

Anthony Davis

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    Anthony Davis is commonly compared to NBA standouts like Kevin Garnett and Marcus Camby, but, in London, he's been much more like Brian Scalabrine than anyone else. 

    The Unibrow has developed into a victory cigar, only coming into the game when the margin is so high that Team USA can't possibly blow it. 

    He's looked equal parts lost and highly effective when on the court. 

    Davis occasionally makes the wrong play and hesitates to attack on the defensive end, but then he'll finish a ridiculous alley-oop and make everyone remember why he's the latest No. 1 overall in the draft. 

    Shooting 78.6 percent from the field, Davis has averaged 6.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 0.8 blocks per game. 

     

    Grade: B

Kevin Durant

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    Kevin Durant has been given the green light to score at will during the 2012 Olympics, and he's taken full advantage of that permission. 

    Shooting an efficient 51.8 percent from the field, Durant has played sensationally and averaged 18.6 points, 5.6 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.8 steals per game. 

    The small forward is leading the team in scoring, drains the deep threes to kill the momentum of the other team, and gets out ahead in transition to throw down lanky slam-dunks to fire up the crowd. 

    This isn't Durant's team, but he's been the top scorer in the starting lineup. 

     

    Grade: A+

James Harden

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    James Harden hasn't gotten too much playing time off of Team USA's bench, but that's been for good reason, as he's struggled playing defense and getting himself involved. 

    The shooting guard has had his ankles broken a few times, and has only managed to score 6.4 points per game. 

    While the beard has looked pretty sweet in an American uniform, Mike Krzyzewski hasn't given him the consistent playing time necessary to make a big impact. 

     

    Grade: C+

Andre Iguodala

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    Andre Iguodala should be playing a lot more during the 2012 Olympics because he's been quite effective in his 15 minutes per game on the court. 

    The swingman has been a solid defender against international competition, and has been even better on the offensive end of the court. 

    Through the group stage, Iggy is shooting 70.6 percent from the field, has ten assists to four turnovers, and averages 5.8 points per game. 

    Many of his minutes have come in garbage time, but Iggy has looked impressive when he's been on the court. 

     

    Grade: B+

LeBron James

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    Team USA has clearly become LeBron James' team, and he's made good use of it. 

    Shooting an incredible 61 percent from the field, James has become much more of a facilitator than a scorer, choosing to show off his otherworldly passing skills while picking and choosing the time to use his shot. 

    Only turning the ball over once per game, James has recorded 4.4 assists per game in only 22.4 minutes of action per contest. 

    The leadership and willingness to defer has stood out against the backdrop of greatness that his game provides. 

     

    Grade: A+

Kevin Love

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    During the preliminary games, Kevin Love didn't look like he was going to be effective during the Olympics. Then the games started to matter, and Love turned it up a few notches. 

    Playing 16.2 minutes per game, the big man from the Minnesota Timberwolves has averaged 13.0 points and a team-high 6.4 rebounds per contest. He's hit shots after grabbing offensive rebounds, he's drained baskets from the perimeter and he's spread the floor throughout the game. 

    Love's passing—except for his outlet passing—and defense could use a little bit of work during this competition, but he's on the team to rebound and score. 

     

    Grade: A

Chris Paul

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    Chris Paul's shiftiness has been effective during his time as the starting point guard for Team USA.

    His constant movement and craftiness has allowed him to average 7.6 points, 3.0 rebounds, 5.8 assists and 2.2 steals per game while turning the ball over just nine times during the group stage. 

    Paul has created a ridiculous amount of easy shots for his teammates, and has scored effectively when he's decided to call his own number. 

    He's also been one of Team USA's most consistent defenders, shutting down his opponent on the perimeter and stealing the ball away at the most opportune times. 

     

    Grade: A-

Russell Westbrook

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    Russell Westbrook has served as the energy infusion for the Americans, and might have staked a claim as one of the most athletic people at the Olympics, regardless of sport. 

    The point guard has split time at the two guard positions in order to get the most possible playing time and has occasionally taken some bad shots, but he's averaged 10.4 points, 2.4 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game. 

    He's produced highlight after highlight by viciously dunking on the competition. 

    On defense, Westbrook has been quite beneficial in the full-court press, and his constant effort has allowed him to hound opposing guards whenever he's been on the court. 

     

    Grade: B+

Deron Williams

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    Deron Williams has struggled to score the ball effectively, shooting only 41.7 percent from the field during the group stage. 

    He's picked up his facilitating game after a lackluster first contest against France, though, and is now averaging 5.6 assists to 1.2 turnovers per game. 

    Williams' passing has been wonderful, even if he hasn't been the effective scoring option that he should be off the bench. 

    His defense has also lagged behind that of his backcourt teammates, even though he's by no means been terrible. 

     

    Grade: B-